Gajdosova scores US Open main draw wildcard
UPDATE: Jarmila Gajdosova's impressive return to form following illness has been rewarded with a main draw wildcard at the US Open.
Jarmila Gajdosova has been awarded the reciprocal wildcard into the main draw of the US Open, beginning 25 August at Flushing Meadows in New York.
Gajdosova, currently ranked No.101, missed the main draw cut-off but has since vaulted up the rankings thanks to her recent victory at the $100,000 ITF event in Vancouver.
The triumph was the latest in a season full of positive results that has seen the 27-year-old haul her ranking from 334th just over four months ago, the low point after a long battle with mononucleosis in 2013.
Since then, the former world No.25 won the $50,000 Nottingham ITF event, scoring a wildcard into the main draw at Wimbledon where she then reached the second round.
She has won 16 of her past 19 matches.
“I am very excited to be main draw of a Grand Slam again,” she said following the US Open announcement.
“It’s been a long road back but I’ve been working hard to get healthy and fit and improve my game and my ranking. It’s taken me six months since I started playing again to get myself back (near) the top 100.
“So I hope to use this opportunity that I was given and I hope to play my best and have some good results.”
Gajdosova joins fellow Australians Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua in the main draw at Flushing Meadows.
“Jarka has enjoyed some really strong results over the past couple of months and it’s great to see her playing so well,” said Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik.
“She always has the ability to be a dangerous player at the majors and is very much at home on this surface. I wish her all the best.”
Other US Open women’s wildcards include Americans Taylor Townsend, Grace Min, Nicole Gibbs, Danielle Collins, Madison Brengle and CiCi Bellis, and Frenchwoman Amandine Hesse.
The reciprocal wildcard deal between Tennis Australia and the United States Tennis Association also sees an American granted a main draw wildcard at the Australian Open.